January 29, 2004
Selecting the 2004 USATF 100K Team
The USATF 100K National Team will compete in the 2004 International Association of Ultrarunners (IAU) 100K World Cup Under the Patronage of the IAAF in Winschoten, Netherlands on September 11, 2004. The annual 100K World Cup race is the one international venue at which USA Track & Field (USATF) fields an ultra distance team. The United States will be represented by the USATF 100K Team of six men and six women ultrarunners. The twelve-member team will be selected by the USATF Mountain/Ultra/Trail (MUT), Running Council which was established in 1998 to help USATF administer ultrarunning in the United States.
2004 USATF 100K Team Selection Procedures
At the USATF annual convention in Greensboro, North Carolina in December 2003, the MUT Council chose the AUA American 100K race from which automatic qualifiers to the USATF 100K team will be selected. This selection race will be held on April 4, 2004 in Eagle, WI. The top three U.S. men and the top three U.S. women finishers will be named to the USATF 100K Team provided they meet the qualifying standards of 8:00 for men or 9:00 for women in this race.
The remaining members of the team, (three men and three women plus three alternates each), will be selected by the MUT Council based on results at other major ultra distance races, past World Cup events, national and international racing experience including mountain, road, trail, and track venues between April 1, 2003 and April 17, 2004. Within this qualifying period, the primary performance standards for team eligibility are at the 100K (8:00 for men and 9:00 for women) and 50 mile (6:00 for men or 7:00 for women) distances. Initial consideration for team selection will be given to runners with 100K performances under 7:35 (men) and 8:45 (women) during the qualifying period.
To be considered for the team, runners must be current USATF members. Interested athletes may submit running resumes but resumes are not required to be considered for the team.
All selected athletes and alternates will be notified on or before April 30, 2004 with an official team announcement to follow. Interested athletes who would like more information or who would like to submit a resume for consideration should contact:
Men: Stan Ferguson
Women: Lorraine Gersitz
For additional information, visit the following websites:
AUA American 100K: http://www.americanultra.org/
IAU 100K World Cup: http://www.iau.org.tw/